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ARCA Issues First Black CSCS Manager Card

Physical and Virtual Smartcards now available through the Association

ARCA issues the first Asbestos Removal Managers’ black CSCS card, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme.

Temporary red cards and a 5-year Asbestos Removal Manager black card, are now available from ARCA as a physical smartcard and also as a virtual smartcard.

“Following our announcement in August, that we issue all types of asbestos removal operative CSCS cards, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme, I’m delighted that we are now able to offer cards for asbestos removal managers,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“Also, we now have the system in place to offer all cards – operative and manager – as virtual smartcards, as well as physical cards, at no extra cost. This will enable the cardholder to store their smartcard, on an app on their smartphone or tablet.”

Richard Walker, received the first Manager ARCA ARMI Skills Card. “At Phoenix we use ARCA for all the asbestos training we require, in fact I undertook the manager update course and gained the Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management earlier this year,” commented Richard, Contract Manager for Phoenix (Leicester) Ltd.

“Gaining the CSCS card from ARCA was easy. I just sent in my certificates with the application form, and ARCA already had my photo on file. Within a few days I had a black smartcard, and the bonus of a virtual card too!”

To learn more about the ARCA ARMI Skills Card Scheme, the requirements for asbestos removal manager cards and to download an application form please visit www.arca.org.uk/page/asbestos-removal-manager-cards or call ARCA on 01283 505778.

Managing Asbestos – Commercial Property Owners’ have Legal Responsibilities

ARCA provides support and reassurance

Today ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, has made available a publication for commercial property owners and managers, giving an overview of their legal responsibilities on managing asbestos.

Asbestos management is an issue faced by property owners and managers (the clients), whether owning/managing one premises or a large portfolio of premises, constructed prior to the year 2000. That is, they are responsible for ensuring that employees and non-employees are not exposed to health or safety risks as a result of the presence of asbestos.

These clients have legal responsibilities to manage risks from asbestos, so to support them ARCA has covered the main regulations in a new publication.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees and non-employees who may be affected by the employers’ activities.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012), places a legal duty to ‘manage asbestos in non-domestic properties’, on those who own, occupy, manage or have responsibilities for premises that may contain asbestos.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) places explicit responsibilities on clients, for example, if asbestos removal is required the client needs to appoint a competent asbestos removal contractor.

To support this last point, ARCA members need to complete two satisfactory site audits every year to maintain membership. In January 2017, ARCA made all site audits ‘unannounced’, meaning members (excluding Ireland) do not have prior knowledge of when, or where, an ARCA auditor will be assessing their performance. Therefore, being unannounced, ARCA site audits are now an even stronger system of reassurance for all parties, including end-clients.

The ‘Managing Asbestos – Clients Legal Responsibilities’ leaflet is available on the ARCA website as a free download.

Further information for commercial property owners and managers is available here.

ARCA News magazine Autumn 2017 available online

In this Autumn issue read about ARCA unannounced audits and CSCS cards for operatives, and find the day/time to join ARCA’s seminar at Contamination Expo.

Also, there is a summary of the ‘Post Implementation Review of the CAR 2012’ and an article on ‘what clients need to know about asbestos surveys.’

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of ARCA News, the journal for asbestos management professionals … available online hereARCA News Issue 98 Front Cover image

Operatives gain NVQ and CSCS cards via ARCA

Asbestos removal operatives, Dale Orme and Adam Parr, of LAR Ltd, recently completed their NVQ Level 2 Diploma via the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) option of assessment.

“The OSAT assessment suited both Adam and Dale, they soon felt comfortable in the assessment environment and provided good, solid evidence across a number of procedures and processes,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “I must add that it was a pleasure to assess both these candidates.”

On receiving NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos Removal certificates, LAR applied to ARCA for blue skilled worker CSCS cards (under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme) for the operatives.

“It’s great that ARCA is now issuing CSCS cards, as it makes the whole process of gaining an NVQ and applying for a CSCS card virtually seamless,” stated Steve Hannah, Development Director of LAR Ltd. “Once the NVQ certificates were received the card application was processed efficiently.”

To read more on the ARCA ARMI Skills Card Scheme and to download an application form for an asbestos removal operative CSCS card please visit here

ARCA Fund Raising for Charity

During this week, the ARCA Charity Week, ARCA staff have been taking part in three ‘marathon challenges’ to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK and the Indee Rose Trust.

On Monday, they played darts continuously for 8-hours, Wednesday played table tennis for 8-hours and today is a bowling marathon … a couple of hours to play yet!

Also, tomorrow, Shaun the Lead Trainer at ARCA will join the 52.6km cycle challenge arranged by ARCA member LAR ltd. Good Luck to all!

By supporting us you are supporting those suffering with an asbestos related cancer and children with a life limiting tumour.

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